Amsterdam Sefa

Covid-19 Information

Last update:05/05/2020


Following the latest Dutch governmental guidelines on the coronavirus, we have updated our guidelines accordingly to ensure the safety of our members. These developments have also forced us to reevaluate the events that are planned in the near future and the way we work together as a team when organizing them.


Sefa has decided in close consultation with the UvA and following the advice of the RIVM, to cancel all events that were meant to take place between now and the 1st of June. For now, events that are scheduled to take place after the 1st of June will continue as planned. We will closely monitor the situation and are in close contact with the UvA. In case there are changes in our guidelines and policy, we will inform you as soon as possible. We would like to stress that your health is our highest priority when we decide to host or cancel an event.
Sefa Store

Until teaching activities are resumed, the Sefa store will be closed. We direct you to  for any study material that you might be in need of.


Study Buddies
The quarantine can be lonely sometimes, especially if you are far away from home. During normal times you encounter lots of new people every day but the current restrictions make this hard. Therefore, we have come up with a way to meet your fellow students and possibly make new friends! Want to participate? Check out this page:
General information

Shared student housing

The National Security Council has stated that it is not the intention that students will be fined indoors.

This means that students living together can be together indoors. This also applies to the common areas, such as balconies, gardens, kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and laundry rooms. It is recommended to keep your distance wherever possible. In public spaces, one should always keep 1.5 meters away. More information can be found at the website of the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Because it is a criminal order, a fine for gathering often means an entry on the criminal record. Does this apply to you and do you want to object your fine? Then do not pay the fine! When you pay, you plead guilty. More information can be found here.


Temporary rental contracts

An emergency law made it possible to extend temporary lease contracts for one time only by three months. Contact your landlord for more information. For those who want to cancel their temporary lease contracts. Be informed, that this is almost always possible with a notice period equal to the payment term.



After consultation between the LSVb, the Intercity Studentmeetings (ISO) and the National Government, it has been decided to extend the student travel product, for all students who were registered for this in March 2020, by a minimum ofthree months starting as soon as your student travel product has expired. In the future, it will be examined whether these three months are sufficient.



The Binding Study Advice (BSA) for this academic year has automatically been converted into positive advice. Because of this, it is no longer necessary to obtain a minimum number of ECTS in order to continue studying after the first academic year.

To register for a master at the UvA, students only need to have obtained 165 ECTS in a bachelor’s program. This means that a master can be started without having completed an entire bachelor. This applies to all students who want to start a master’s at the UvA, even if they have completed their bachelor’s degree at another educational institution. On the 15th of May, master’s programs will provide more information about the specific conditions.

Students who are currently in transition programs at the UvA and who have been delayed due to the corona crisis will also be accommodated. Students who have completed 80% of the program are admitted to a master’s degree, without having to make up the remaining points.


Committee meetings

All teaching and events at the university are canceled to contain the spread of the virus. Since our government has decreed to minimize physical interaction, we have decided to close all our spaces. This means that as of now, it is not possible to access any of the Sefa rooms until the 1st of June. Any work that you might still need to do for your committee needs to be done from home. Committee meetings should be done digitally by conference software. We provide the option to use Google Hangouts Meet. A manual to set up such a meeting can be found here: Google Hangouts Meet Manual.
As a reminder:
Please stay home in case of:
    • Coughing or sneezing
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • If you feel you have been exposed to the virus

And keep in mind to:

  • Maintain at least 1,5 meter (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the RIVM regarding personal hygiene

Please read the communications updates carefully. In case you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at